Psychoafrotheoscientific Approach to Grief : Accommodating the Neglected Powerful African Voice in Grief Processing
For quite a long time, death has remained a life transition that people go through. It is a transition received with mixed reactions across different cultures, age groups, religions and nationalities. In the entire human life cycle numerous bonds are created with various people and objects. For instance a new born baby forms a bond with the mother through the nurturing behavior exhibited by the mother. When the mother interacts with the young one through eye contact, breast feeding and general care the child responds by forming strong bonds with the mother and other care givers. This process happens to other people and objects a child interacts with in a loving manner. By the time a person is fully grown, certain bonds formed are so strong that any alteration creates much pain. The bonds are not only limited to parents and care givers but also friends, work mates, lovers and neighbors among others.When death strikes a person, many related people suffer loss or crumbling of the established bonds. This loss manifests physically and psychologically. Physically the affected people experience life with absence of the significant person, object or even pet. Psychologically the victims undergo emotional pain from as a result of intangible loss such as divorce, breakup of love relationship, transfer from one work station to another, retirement, loss of job among others.Due to permanence of the loss, the bereaved usually undergo various reactions that seem abnormal to others yet very normal and real. In her book Complicated Mourning, Therese Rando, a grief expert, defines some terms used in death and loss related experiences.She defines bereavement as the state of having been robbed or the state of having experienced loss. When a person suffers loss of any kind, he or she is in the state of bereavement. She further defines grief as the reaction or response to loss. It includes physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions. It is evident that when death strikes a family the survivors entire being reacts. Mourning, according to Rando refers to the behavior associated with grief. These are the actions exhibited in response to loss. Around the globe different cultures have various unique ways of reacting to death. It is in expression of these various responses that individuals process their grief and return to normalcy.
- Paperback | 106 pages
- 215.9 x 279.4 x 6.1mm
- 05 Feb 2015
- Createspace Independent Pub